Nirvana Plans 4CD/DVD ‘Nevermind’ Reissue

Nirvana's breakthrough album turns 20 this year, and a massive reissue is planned. But is it necessary?

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

As we pointed out in our list of 20 Awesome Albums Turning 20 This Year, Nirvana's Nevermind hits the two-decade milestone since its release on September 24, and the band's label, Universal, is planning to celebrate with a bonus-packed reissue. The release will be a 4-CD/1-DVD package, featuring rarities, B-sides and unreleased recordings. Also included are unspecified BBC radio appearances and an unreleased concert in its entirety on DVD.

It hits stores on September 19, but the question really is – why? On the 2004 release of the Nirvana compilation box set With The Lights Out, fans were told that all the worthwhile demos, unreleased songs and rarities that existed were included within its packaging. Frontman Kurt Cobain didn't leave a wealth of finished material behind, and the scraps considered worthy for public consumption have been presented already.

With the Lights Out remains a definitive collection of the band's non-album music. The BBC radio appearances will be a draw for many, pulled most likely from four in-studio sessions recorded between 1989 and 1991. But it's worth pointing out that two of those recordings, for John Peel and Mark Goodier's radio shows, were included on the group's 1993 rarities LP Incesticide.

Universal is also planning to celebrate the anniversary with "various events and releases" throughout the year, according to a statement.

Check out our list of 20 Awesome Albums Turning 20 This Year.